Moon Deeds

Star Children Saga

Fiction - Fantasy - General
598 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Moon Deeds is the first book in the fantasy saga Star Children, an adventure written for adults by author Palmer Pickering. In the not too distant future, technology and magic are at odds as a dictatorship rules the earth and the moon becomes the only land of freedom for humanity. Born into each millennium are the Star Children, protectors who must unlock their shamanic heritage and use that magic to restore balance to humankind. This time the mantle falls to twins Cassidy and Torr, who inherit land on the moon where they can escape and be free. But their freedom, and that of the many others like them across the galaxy, comes at a price.

There are some powerfully adult themes at play in this epic-length space opera, making the character-driven emotional plot just as important as the galaxy-wide savior story at play in the wider story arc. Fantasy and science fiction fans will enjoy the combination of alien sci-fi elements, super tech, fantasy magic, and old mythologies, which are all woven into the everyday plot with great credibility. Author Palmer Pickering handles the balance of interpersonal drama and plot progression well, and fans of series like Star Trek and Doctor Who are sure to appreciate such craftsmanship. Overall, Moon Deeds encompasses all the exciting elements of a political overthrow drama with a fantasy/magic space opera and is a highly recommended read for fantasy fans everywhere. It promises to be the start of a very exciting and emotionally intense saga.

Rabia Tanveer

Torr and Cassidy are twenty-year-old twins who received the deeds to land on the moon and they are looking for the opportunity to get away from the dictatorship on Earth and make a new life for themselves on the moon. However, it is not that easy. It turns out they are special. They are the twin Star Children, a pair of powerful Shamans who have the potential to change the destiny of many people with their power. But they have a lot to learn, especially if they want to better their lives. They have to hone their skills and learn to harness their power so that they can achieve their destiny.

Moon Deeds by Palmer Pickering is the first novel in the Star Children Saga. This is the story of a pair of siblings who are given a chance to change their lives and the lives of everyone else; however, the task is bigger than they ever anticipated. Torr and Cassidy are a great team; they work together, they understand each other and they trust each other. It was great to read a novel in which the two protagonists are not love interests but siblings with great synergy. They are not passive aggressive enemies and they actually believe in each other. The pace was perfect; it kept up the momentum and maintained my interest from the very beginning. The narrative was very impressive; it built my interest from the start and had me wanting more. I was actually sad when the novel ended and I literally cannot wait until the sequel is released. Impressive and very well-constructed.

K.J. Simmill

Cassidy had heard the music from the stars for a long time; even though the Shaman's Shield, she could still sometimes hear their song. There had been a time when her twin brother, Torr, had once recited the message, but the words had long been muted, and the true melody was forgotten. Her mind was on other things now, such as the Shaman's Shield failing, and her brother being the first line of defense against the Tegs. Little did the twins know that this calling was just a fraction of the destiny about to be laid before them. Magic has proven to be the only force capable of defending against their attackers. Being from Shaman descent they have been born to tap into this gift; they are the Star Children, and humanity's only hope of survival.

Moon Deeds is the first book in Palmer Pickering's Star Children Saga. This space opera is set in the not so distant future, yet embraces a world changed, altered, and scarred as mankind gets their wish for visitors from other planets. They brought with them new technology, new ideas, and far more than humanity had bargained for. There is only one hope of defense, and that is magic. I thought the book had a solid scene setting, world-building, and vivid characters who display no shortage of growth, moxie, and perseverance. There is so much to love about this book, from its complex and intricately woven plot filled with tension, strife, and discovery, to the personal attachment you begin to build with the characters due to finely executed character building, engaging personalities, and difficulties in both moral dilemmas and situations. The pace is perfect to build tension, and I loved the length of this book. There is something to be said for bigger books; they often feel more complete and developed, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in hours of reading. This is a really strong and engaging first book and the combination of magic and technologies will find it at home on any sci-fi or fantasy lover's bookshelf.

Sefina Hawke

Moon Deeds (Star Children Saga) by Palmer Pickering is the first book in this fantasy fiction saga that would appeal most to a diverse audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy science fiction fantasy and who can handle mature content including cursing, human and sex trafficking, rape, PTSD, and violence. The year is 2090 and the fate of the Earth rests in the hands of the star children, twenty-year-old twins Cassidy and Torr, who must master their abilities if they are to reconnect with the source of all life to save the Earth. Do Cassidy and Torr have what it takes to claim their shamanic heritage and battle the darkness that threatens humanity or will it prove too much for them to handle?

Moon Deeds (Star Children Saga) by Palmer Pickering is a well-written book with an intriguing cover image that sparked my interest as soon as I saw it. I really liked the role the moon played as a setting as it is an often overlooked setting in books that take place in outer space. The two main characters, Cassidy and Torr, were well crafted in order to feel like real people. While they were both great characters, I ended up preferring Cassidy over Torr; I just felt like I connected more with Cassidy than I did with Torr. The author managed to handle the mature content in a manner that made it an important part of the book without overwhelming the reader with too much depressing content. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it was nice to find a well-written fantasy that had adult characters instead of the teenage characters that many books in this genre seem to favor.

Asher Syed

The earth is in a captive state, colonized and under the control of a nefarious alien race in Palmer Pickering's Moon Deeds. This book is the first in the Star Children Saga series, launching readers into the year 2090, where brother and sister twins, Cassidy and Torr, are the once-in-a-millennia pair who must reconnect with the source of all life. Mankind has only one relative remaining safe haven. There's more to the mission than Torr and Cassidy simply figuring out who they really are and from whence they really hail, but in order to navigate the new landscape (which harbors an oppressive reign of its own), the twins must find the power to face their destiny head-on.

Moon Deeds: Star Children Saga by Palmer Pickering is intelligent, high science fiction at its finest. The world building is absolutely exceptional and there is no point within the narrative where the action slows down. Torr and Cassidy come to life as authentic and believable characters who, at the age of twenty, have their own personal wounds to overcome. The book ends with a pretty intense cliffhanger and, frankly, it's going to be a tough wait for the follow-up. I found this novel to be as much a psychological thriller as it is a science fiction adventure, and the draw-in happens almost instantly. This is unquestionably one of the best books I've read this year and Pickering has roped in an entire family as new fans. I'd give Moon Deeds a whole bucket of stars if I could.